Harrods in Australian home shopping venture

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SYDNEY--Harrods is launching into the colonies with an Internet shopping service through Sydney-based electronic retailer TV Shopping Network. Unveiled this month in Sydney by Harrods International Director Raine Spencer, the Harrods service will operate seven days a week, 24-hours a day.

TVSN has developed a ``virtual department store'' in the form of a retail web site called MarkFoys.com to allow Internet surfers to shop for Harrods products and a range of other goods. Mark Foys is the name of a now defunct Sydney department store which catered to the city's well heeled for almost a century until it closed in 1980. The Web site, active from June 1, 1999, will feature more than 10,000 product lines, ranging from jewelry, electronics, fashion, kitchenware and health and beauty goods.

TVSN corporate development director George Frame says the Mark Foys name was chosen in honor of the ``stylish and well-loved Australian department store of the same name''. Countess Spencer told reporters that Harrods was excited about the link with TVSN.

Copyright April 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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